• *EU diplomats approve new Iran sanctions. BRUSSELS, Oct 12- The European Union provisionally approved substantial new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme on Friday, with senior diplomats giving their backing to measures against Tehran's banking sector and industry.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Peripheral banks unwilling or unable to lengthen their maturity profiles are building up a redemption hump which they will have to face just as billions of euros of cheap ECB money is coming up for repayment.

  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has downgraded The Co-operative Bank plc's (Coop,' BBB+'/ Rating Watch Negative/' F2') GBP600m mortgage covered bonds to' AA+'/ RWN from' AAA'/RWN.

  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Yorkshire Building Society's GBP1.8bn mortgage covered bonds to' AA+', Stable Outlook from' AAA'/Rating Watch Negative.

  • Oil rises slightly on unrest in the Middle East Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    Benchmark oil fell 21 cents Friday to $91.86 per barrel in New York. On Friday, the International Energy Agency issued a new report predicting slower growth in demand for oil over the next five years. Friday's decline in the price of oil eroded some of the gains from earlier this week, when tensions between Syria and Turkey raised worries about supplies.

  • UPDATE 1-GM, Peugeot mull joint venture -report Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    GM and Peugeot both declined to comment on the report, which also said the U.S. automaker could inject more cash into the joint venture. " We haven't commented on previous reports and we're not going to on this one, " Peugeot spokeman Jonathan Goodman said.

  • UPDATE 3-UK energy bills to rise as winter looms Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    *British Gas prices to rise 6 pct from Nov. 16. LONDON, Oct 12- Two of Britain's biggest energy suppliers are raising their prices just as millions of cash-strapped consumers switch on their central heating for the winter, saying higher costs made the move unavoidable.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 12- Hopes that Turkey's credit ratings will be raised to investment grade buoyed local assets on Friday although a central bank warning that inflation is set to remain above target dampened some investor enthusiasm.

  • By Luke Baker and John O'Donnell. It was prepared by Herman Van Rompuy, who as president of the European Council will chair a European Union summit next week.

  • *Wells Fargo weighs on financials. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan's preliminary October reading on consumer sentiment rose to 83.1, well above the 78 forecast for the index as optimism about the economy improved. Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. home lender, dropped 2.5 percent to $34.40.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 12- Turkish petrochemicals maker Petkim has begun talks with the state oil company of Azerbaijan about construction of a coal-powered steam generation plant, Petkim said in a statement on Friday.

  • Shares of JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo& Co. both fell after they released their results, even though JPMorgan posted record profits, prompting Canadian financials to follow suit, dropping 0.2 percent. Bank of Nova Scotia was down 0.3 percent at C $53.31, and Toronto-Dominion Bank was 0.2 percent lower at C $80.85.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- TNK-BP will appoint its former head of power and gas to run the upstream division after the departure of Alexander Dodds, two sources close to the Anglo-Russian oil venture said on Friday.

  • UPDATE 1-Russian shares hurt by growth worries, IPOs Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:57 AM ET

    By Maya Dyakina and Zlata Garasyuta. MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian stocks ended the week in the red with miners pressured by concerns over the global economic outlook and as investors stocked up with cash ahead of public share offerings. Metal and mining companies were in the firing line, with Novolipetsk Steel.

  • *FDA staff found 3 concerns, but safety restrictions not needed. "There was, on a consensus basis, a little apprehension about what the safety questions would be and these documents make it pretty clear that the FDA is not overly concerned or views these risks as significant," McNicoll, Lewis& Vlak analyst Ed Arce said.

  • *Telefonica to provide 110 mln euros in vendor financing. *Telefonica shares flat vs lower Spanish index. MADRID, Oct 12- Spain's Telefonica is selling its Atento call centre business to U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital for about 1 billion euro, including debt, as it battles to reduce its borrowings.

  • UK regulator to have last word in retail bank reform Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's main financial regulator will decide what activities the country's retail banks are able to carry out under a new reform aimed at shielding taxpayers from having to bail out the industry again.

  • Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. of MI. Based in Lansing, Mich., FBL of MI is an indirect subsidiary of Michigan Farm Bureau Group. Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. of MI.

  • --We are placing our' BBB' long-term and' A-2' short-term ratings on Telefonica and three of its subsidiaries, and our issue ratings on Telefonica and six of its subsidiaries on CreditWatch negative.

  • MILAN, Oct 12- Foreign investors have bought 70 percent of a 150 million-euro exchangeable bond issued by Italian holding company Camfin to repay debt, a source close to the matter told Reuters on Friday. The five-year bond is convertible into shares of tyre maker Pirelli, which is controlled by Camfin.